Brittany Fat-Denatsosie enrolled at Coconino Community College’s Page campus and by her own account, didn’t know much about college.
She was going on a hunch that she could improve her and her husband’s lives. The young couple moved away from their northern Arizona community after graduating high school. Brittany’s husband, Jonathan, was in the Marine Corps and stationed in Oceanside, Calif. But Brittany missed her family and her horses. And more importantly, she wanted her young daughter, Kaylynn, to know where she came from and who she was.
The family returned to Page where Brittany found a job as certified nursing assistant and both she and Jonathan started classes at CCC in fall 2011. A year later, Jonathan, 24, was diagnosed with a serious medical condition. The couple began the treatment journey. Brittany’s experience of working in a hospital, as well as what she learned in her science classes, helped her and Jonathan navigate the intense treatment plan.
“I have learned a lot and it’s also fueled my passion to become a nurse,” Brittany said. “To me, I have a bigger purpose.”
During the time her husband was being treated, Brittany found out she had been selected as an All-Arizona Academic second team member. The national honor came with a tuition waiver to any of Arizona’s three universities. Brittany’s plan is to attend Northern Arizona University to work toward a Bachelor of Science in nursing.
“Working at the hospital has given me the opportunity to learn about patients and has given me a big interest in taking care of people, explaining to them and educating them about their health,” Brittany said.
In addition to the All-Arizona Academic team, Brittany received scholarships from the following organizations: Antelope Point Marina, Dennis M. Connell Memorial, SRP Navajo Scrubber and the CCC2NAU Raymond Education Foundation.